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tonight at ten — westminster prepares for a brexit battle as ministers tell mps, don't stand in the way of the ggovernment‘s bill. don't stand in the way of the government's bill. don't stand in the way labour says it will fight for changes to the bill in the commons tomorrow, putting them on a collision course with ministers. putting them on a collision what we can't have is either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. of parliament reversing the decision also on tonight's programme. of parliament reversing the decision on the front line in iraq — as the iraqi army makes more gains against so—called islamic state. as the iraqi army makes more gains we've heard three car bombs going off in the distance. we've also had a lot incoming mortarfire. you can hear now the sounds of battle. violent clashes in the netherlands between the police and turkish protesters, as the diplomatic row between the two countries intensifies. between the two and tottenham on their way to an fa cup semifinal — good evening.
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the brexit secretary, david davis, has called on mps to back the government's brexit bill when it returns to the commons tomorrow, after the lords twice went against the government. peers voted to guarantee the rights of eu citizens in the uk, and to ensure that parliament has a vote on an eventual deal. but mr davis said it would not be acceptable for parliament to try to reverse the will of the british people. if mps do pass it, theresa may could trigger article 50 — that's the formal process of brexit — this week. our chief political correspondent vicki young reports. theresa may wants to get on with it. for months she has vowed
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to kick—start brexit talks by the end of march. to kick—start brexit talks but some here in parliament are fighting to get safeguards written into law before the negotiations begin. today, the brexit secretary tried to reassure mps and peers that they would get a vote on the prime minister's final deal with the eu. on the prime minister's but... on the prime minister's what we can't have is either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. of parliament reversing the decision they haven't got a veto on it. of parliament reversing the decision what does it mean otherwise? of parliament reversing the decision people talk about meaningful votes. of parliament reversing the decision what does it mean otherwise? of parliament reversing the decision peers have defeated the government twice, and labour's standing firm. what we say to the prime minister, and i wrote to her on friday, reflect on what the house of lords has said by majorities of nearly 100. has said by majorities they have sent back two really important issues. this issue of the eu nationals, and the issues of the vote. reflect on that. and the issues of the vote. don'tjust have this obsession with getting article 50 triggered this week. with getting article 50
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the two line brexit bill is still making its way through parliament. last week, the house of lords made their changes. the government will try to overturn these in the commons tomorrow. if they succeed, the bill returns to the lords almost immediately, and if they give way, the final stage of royal assent could be completed tomorrow night. the final stage of royal assent so the government has some parliamentary hurdles to get over this week, parliamentary hurdles but ministers seem confident that theresa may will be able to stick to her original plan, theresa may will be able to stick formally telling the rest of the eu that the uk is ready to start negotiating its exit, and attention is turning to exactly what kind of deal, if any, the uk can get. the prime minister has said publicly that no deal for the uk is better than a bad deal, but that would mean tariffs on exports under world trade organisation rules. my fear is that what this is really about, is us deliberately, not the prime minister, but others deliberately ensuring that we have no deal. but others deliberately ensuring and no deal pretty soon, and in that event, wejump off the cliff on to wto tariffs and nobody in this country,
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the people of this country don't have a say. some cabinet ministers seem relaxed about the possibility. as it happens we would be perfectly 0k about the possibility. as it happens we would be perfectly ok if we weren't able to get an agreement, but i am sure we will. mr davis admits the government is preparing a contingency plan in case there's no deal, but he doesn't think it is remotely likely. but he doesn't think look, it's going to be tough. but he doesn't think let's make no bones about it, there will be tough points in this negotiation, but it is in everybody‘s interest that we get a good outcome. but it is in everybody‘s interest parliament's debate about this bill isn't quite over, but after months of talking about the talks, formal negotiations will soon be under way. formal negotiations we can join vicki in westminster now. how in westminster now. likely is it that the parliamentary how likely is it that the parliamentary rebellion will continue? first of all tomorrow, the
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eyes will all be on tory mps in the house of commons, they want more verbal guarantees from ministers, the rebellion could well be bigger but i don't think they have the numbers to defeat the government. talking to both sides it is clear cabinet ministers are confident about getting their way. if they do the action moves to the house of lords. there the liberal democrats have promised to dig in their heels, the question is whether labour peers willjoin them. i guess the sense they don't want to prolong this. it it could be be by tomorrow the rebellion has melted away and it is ha rd to rebellion has melted away and it is hard to find anyone who thinks that theresa may will be prevented from thing what she promised to trigger article 50, to get those formal brexit negotiations under way, and it could come as early as tuesday. thank you. iraqi forces have made more gains in west mosul — the largest city still under the control of the islamic state group. the control of the government troops, backed by a us—led coalition, recaptured the east of the city in late january, after more than 100 days of fighting. in late january, after more
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now they say a third of the west, which is almost completely surrounded, has been retaken. which is almost completely around 600,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside. 0ur middle east correspondent, 0rla guerin, and cameraman nico hameon have been travelling with the iraqi forces. you may find parts of her report distressing. gunfire. a rare glimpse of western mosul. gunfire. urban warfare on a momentous scale. caught below, hundreds of thousands of civilians. this is the place where is proclaimed its caliphate. here it was born, and here, iraqi forces say, it will die. 0n the ground, they are advancing, but struggling to hold what they capture. but struggling to hold they pound is positions. but struggling to hold
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then frantic gunfire towards the threat overhead. an is drone, maybe carrying explosives. they manage to shoot it down. carrying explosives. well, this is as far as we can go for now. as you can hear there is a lot of gunfire in the area. there are snipers in position on this street. we have cover here, so we won't be moving from this position, but within the last half an hour or so, we've heard three car bombs going off in the distance. or so, we've heard three car bombs we've also had a lot of incoming mortarfire — you can hear now the sounds of battle. the is fighters that are in this area are putting up fires resistance. are in this area are putting up fierce resistance.
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are in this area are putting then the conflict came a bit closer. are in this area are putting the man who didn't flinch is major alani. hours later, he was wounded in battle. he is now recovering in hospital. wounded in battle. troops using every weapon, even home—made rockets. then the rush to retrieve a casualty. we can't say how many have paid with their lives, iraqi forces don't reveal their losses. with their lives, iraqi forces don't but they have the extremists outgunned and encircled. they believe victory is guaranteed in mosul, in time. but ending the caliphate may not end is. general abbas is in the thick of the battle. he told us the narrow streets and civilian presence are complicating the advance. and civilian presence in front of us is all city,
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it is very hard because we need to keep to take care for the citizen. we need to be aggressive against is guys, we need to put a very clear plan, to clear the area. that means we need to put a plan to survive our citizens. and as the fighting rages, more weary civilians leave scarred neighbourhoods. more weary civilians leave where they have been caught between the militants and the army. few may have endured more than this man. is put an anti—aircraft gun near his house. an air strike targeting the extremists brought the roof down on his family. the extremists brought "three of my daughters are dead", he says.
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"they buried my heart." are dead", he says. "my daughters were under the concrete of the house." "they didn't let me see them before they were buried." as well as losing his daughter, and his home, he lost his leg. as well as losing his daughters, and his home, he lost his leg. he prays god will destroy is, as they have destroyed iraq. 0rla guerin, bbc news, western mosul.
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turkey's president erdogan has called for sanctions against the dutch government, after it prevented two of his ministers from making political speeches in rotterdam ahead of a referendum on his powers. political speeches in rotterdam last night dutch police broke up a rally by mr erdogan‘s supporters in the city. a rally by mr erdogan‘s the speeches had been intended to bolster support among turkish expatriates with voting rights in turkey. 0ur diplomatic coreespondent james robbins has more details: 0ur diplomatic coreespondent james robbins has more details. not our usual image of the netherlands. this was the wound the dog left behind as riot police used considerable force against turkish demonstrators. they were angered by the dutch government's refusal to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support of president erdogan. a campaign rally in support he is counting on the backing of more than a million turkish citizens living in europe to expand his powers back home in next month's referendum. to expand his powers back home but his minister for families wasn't allowed to address them.
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the second turkish minister turned back by the dutch government. she returned to istanbul defiant. back by the dutch government. translation: in holland - holland as a country that speaks of freedom and democracy — we were faced with very rough and hard treatment. we were faced with very it is ugly of europeans who talk about women's rights and tell us how we should treat women in turkey. about women's rights and tell us how all this followed president erdogan‘s far stronger language at a rally, denouncing the dutch as "nazi remnants and fascists". denouncing the dutch as "nazi those words have infuriated several european governments, including germany's, mindful of the nazi occupation of holland during the second world war. we are absolutely willing to deescalate, but of course these utterings of the president of turkey republic do not help and they are completely unacceptable. of turkey republic do not help and but this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns in turkey and the netherlands. of two electoral campaigns in turkey the dutch go to the polls first on wednesday. it's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti—immigration freedom party of geert wilders. dominated by the anti—immigration he blames the prime minister for allowing immigrants in, and is set to make big gains. for allowing immigrants in, it's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary
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diplomatic crisis with turkey will influence dutch voters, making big choices against a background of rising populism across europe. james robbins, bbc news. of rising populism across europe. the intelligence services are to provide the political parties with advice on protecting themselves against russian hackers. the advice will come from experts at gchq's national cyber security centre. from experts at gchq's several politicians have been calling for more assistance, saying they fear that hackers might try to influence future elections. rail workers in three parts of the country go on strike tomorrow, as the dispute that's caused months of chaos for southern rail commuters spreads to the north of england. conductors working on the merseyrail, northern and southern services are walking out in a row over their future role. our correspondent danni hewson sent this report from liverpool. it may have been business as usual
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today, but here in liverpool and right across the north, commuters are bracing themselves for chaos. commuters are bracing from midnight, rail workers with the rmt union will begin a 2k hour strike, affecting thousands of passengers. i don't know how i am going to get home. we'lljust have to see what we can sort out tomorrow. it'll be packed. what we can sort out tomorrow. a lot of people will be stranded and won't know where to go. especially if you are not from the area. the companies affected are northern, the uk's second largest operator which serves passengers across the north, including leeds, manchester, sheffield, newcastle and liverpool. only 40% of their services will run. newcastle and liverpool. merseyrail, which serves mainly merseyside, will run trains every half an hour, rather than every 15 minutes, and southern, which will than every 15 minutes, still round 90% of its services. than every 15 minutes, the row was triggered by proposed changes to the role of the onboard guard, changes the union says riskjobs and safety. changes the union says we believe that services operated on a driver only,
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driver controlled operation are fundamentally less safe, and every train in the uk should retain a second safety critical person onboard. retain a second safety efforts to resolve the dispute in recent weeks have broken down. operators say they need to modernise and safety won't be compromised. we put safety at the heart of everything we do. the independent rail regulator has the indicated this is as safe the independent rail regulator has indicated this is as safe as conductor operation of the doors. has indicated this is as safe this isn't about who opens and closes the doors, this is about giving customers what they want. for now, both sides are at an impasse and few expect tomorrow's disruption will be the last. for commuters, the focus is is now on tomorrow's rush hour, and how if it all they will make their journey to work. danni hewson, bbc news, liverpool. their journey to work. now, this weekend the united nations has warned of a looming humanitarian crisis, with 20 million people facing famine. its experts say that without urgent help, many will simply starve. without urgent help,
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there's growing concern about four countries in particular — nigeria, south sudan, yemen and somalia — and our correspondents in the region have been to some of the affected areas. in the region have been to some we begin with andrew harding in somalia. the southern town of baidoa is at the heart of somalia's struggle against famine. is at the heart of somalia's thousands of families are on the move here. these people arrived this morning, looking for food, looking for water. now half the population of this country is in need of aid at the moment. of this country is in need drought is the main problem, but so is conflict. in the countryside around here, for instance, al—shabaab, the militant islamist group, is still in control. aid agencies say they desperately need more funds.
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they only have a fraction of what they need and what they've been promised. of what they need and what and of course remember this isjust one of four countries currently threatened by famine. one of four countries currently famine has already been declared in parts of south sudan, but this is a man—made crisis and those fleeing war come here, to northern uganda. and those fleeing war come here, around 2000 people cross the border daily. this has become africa's biggest refugee crisis and the world's third—largest after afghanistan and syria. people can no long stay in their villages and towns, because of fighting between the government and rebels. those who come here bring with them harrowing tales of violence and a desperation to avoid starvation. but it's notjust east africa that is struggling with drought and hunger. africa that is struggling here in nigeria in west africa, mass hunger has been fuelled by the brutal seven—year insurgency of the islamist group boko haram. in the north—east of the country, where so many people have had to flee their homes because of the fighting, it's estimated 8.5 million people are in need of food aid, and 75,000 children are at risk of dying in the coming months. all this week on bbc news, we'll be taking a look at the hunger crisis of four badly affected
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countries and asking what can be done to help 20 million people facing famine. my colleague clive myrie there, reporting from nigeria. now, with all the sport, here's karthi gna nasegaram at the bbc sport centre. here's karthi gna nasegaram good evening, reeta. here's karthi gna nasegaram tottenham hotspur are through to the semi—finals of the fa cup after an emphatic 6—0 win over league one side millwall. south korea's son heung—min scored a hat—trick but the football association is expected to investigate allegations of racist chanting towards him. to investigate allegations of racist tottenham were already on their way to wembley — it is where they will play next season while their new home is finished. season while their but here was their chance to travel there early for an fa cup semifinal. first, they had to get past league one's millwall,
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a team on a 17 match unbeaten run, and when harry kane limped off after six minutes, they looked like it could be a frustrating afternoon. they looked like it could be the england striker was replaced by christian eriksen, who with one swing of his boot, turned the momentum firmly in spurs's favour. turned the momentum in their rush for a second goal, son fumbled his first touch, but how he made up for it. son fumbled his first touch, son heung—min! son fumbled his first touch, he makes amends with an absolute beauty. son has played in the shadow of kane for much of the season, but his movement was too much for millwall, and he scored again after half—time. for millwall, and he scored viewing wouldn't get much easier for millwall‘s manager after spurs added a fourth. for millwall‘s manager
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vincent janssen got involved. for millwall‘s manager there was time for more, after son completed a somewhat fortunate hat—trick. after son completed a somewhat this was the last fa cup tie to be played at white hart lane, but tottenham's tournament continues. but tottenham's it's time to pop out of the room if you don't want to know today's other results, as match of the day and sportscene follow soon on bbc one. as match of the day and sportscene jurgen klopp's liverpool side beat burnley 2—1 to put them just one point behind manchester city, who are in third place in the premier league. who are in third place leicester city have confirmed the appointment of craig shakespeare as their manager until the end of the season. he's led them to victory in his two games as the caretaker boss following the sacking of claudio ranieri. while a late equaliser for rangers from clint hill denied celtic a 23rd consecutive league win, but they are now 25 points clear at the top of the scottish premiership. world number one andy murray suffered a shock second—round defeat at the prestigious indian wells open, beaten by a qualifier, vasek pospisil. indian wells open, beaten dan evans has also been knocked out, while world number iijohanna konta lost her third—round match this evening in three sets to caroline garcia of france. evening in three sets and britain's elise christie has
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become a triple world champion at the short track speed skating championships in rotterdam. and tributes have been paid to the singerjoni sledge — of the group sister sledge — who's died at her home in phoenix, arizona. who's died at her home she was 60. who's died at her home the band — four sisters — achieved fame in 1979 with their signature track "we are family". other hits included the disco classic "the greatest dancer". a statement from the family said joni sledge had loved and embraced life. said joni sledge had you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are. hello. this is bbc news. let's return now to that bitter diplomatic row between turkey and the netherlands. earlier this evening i spoke to turkey's former minister of european union affairs.
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i asked him about the laws around campaigning for the upcoming turkish referendum. that law was quite old. after that, we passed a lot of new laws, which provide for turkish politicians to campaign. —— campaign abroad. we campaigned in 2014 for the presidential elections throughout europe. we campaign for parliamentary elections onjune the 7th and the renewed elections on october one. there were no problems. but this time many european countries, including the netherlands, but they did last night was inhumane, undiplomatic and unlawful. many european countries this time are trying to block members of the governing party of turkey from campaigning. but they
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are ok with the opposition. that is interfering with our domestic text. why do you think they are doing that? what are their motives, if it is not just to that? what are their motives, if it is notjust to stop the scenes that week watching now escalating further? i don't understand. my guess is there is a rise in nationalism in the netherlands, and the current prime minister is scared that the lunatic who was riding on this nationalism for the last couple of months is going to gaining a lot of months is going to gaining a lot of votes and he is trying to show that he is even more nationalist than this lunatic. exploiting the visit of a turkish minister, the visit of a turkish minister, the visit of an allied country's minister, and by pushing her out of her own diplomatic land. you talk
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about the netherlands not behaving ina about the netherlands not behaving in a diplomatic fashion, but how can it possibly be helpful when you are using language like lunatic about another politician, whether you agree with his views or not, when we have the netherlands being described asa have the netherlands being described as a banana republic, the dutch being compared with nazis? how is that helpful or diplomatic? surely you are creating even more discontent. we are just reacting to the unreasonable actions of our so—called allies. the unreasonable actions of our so-called allies. it is not helpful. never before has a minister being pushed out of a country. she was carrying a diplomatic passport. the way she was treated was a treatment towards 80 million citizens of this country. there are more than 5 million turks in the eu, most of
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them are citizens of the respective countries that they live in, they are taxpayers, they contribute. they have a right and responsibility to learn about why they should vote in such a manner. politicians from both sides who are in favour of the constitutional amendment and who are against should have the right to go and address them and can indicate with them. as we did in the past. it is not the first time turks abroad have been able to vote, it has never been a problem before. we can only ever be in control of our own behaviour and language, so what will turkey do to settle this situation? first of all, we are taking some measures, the ambassador of the netherlands will not be welcome to turkey. we heard he is away, he left two days prior to this crisis, i do not know if it was a coincidence or planned leave, but we were very clear that he is not going to be
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welcomed back unless his government apologises. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages very shortly at 10:30pm and, later, 11:30pm. our guests are esther mcvey, former conservative employment minister, and robert fox, defence editor of the london evening standard. time for a look at the weather with sarah keith—lucas. the weekend has brought a mix of weather. on saturday, plenty of sunshine, and some of us saw it in the west on sunday. through tonight, things are looking mostly dry and will be turning cold, with the clear skies extending eastwards. high pressure builds from the south—west as we head into the new working week, keeping weatherfronts as we head into the new working week, keeping weather fronts largely at bay. this is how tonight is looking, a bit more cloud and if you spots of patchy rain across scotland
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and northern ireland. england and wales stick with clearer skies. it will be quite cold, certainly in the more rural sports. low enough for a touch of frost first thing on monday morning. despite the cold start, plenty of sunshine across southern england and wales. light wind, a pleasa nt england and wales. light wind, a pleasant if fresh morning. further north, the odd spot of rain across north—west england, where it will be cloudier. cloudy into southern scotland, but sunshine working through across the —— northern ireland and scotland. moving through the day, we have a cloudier zone drinking one or two spots of light rain south across northern england, the midlands and wales, or to the south and east it will be a pleasant
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day. monday evening looks dry, a bit of rainfor day. monday evening looks dry, a bit of rain for northern and western parts of scotland. as we head into tuesday, high—pressure sitting to the south. there will be a weather front that tries to make its way in from the north—west. it will bring more cloud. some outbreaks of rain. the wind is quite a feature, especially in the north. for the northern isles, 60 or 70 mph. temperatures again on the mild side. it isa temperatures again on the mild side. it is a blustery day. on wednesday, high—pressure stays with us, so a largely dry day.
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